Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon
Oct. 5, 2012
by Dave McMahon
Last Saturday, the game started out great for the Georgia Bulldogs, then Whooooooa! All of a sudden the game turned around and the Dawgs were losing at one point. They regrouped and finished the drill and behind a strong offensive and a defense that forced a turnover in each of Tennessee's last three possessions, the Dawgs were victorious. It is very important for all those reading that teams and individuals need to play hard from start to finish. Somewhere in between the start and finish the Georgia Bulldogs racked up some interesting statistics.
So for all you passionate fans, here are some more notes, nuggets and tidbits of information all things Georgia Bulldogs, statistically speaking of course. For the most complete information on a specific upcoming game please check out the individual sport and game you are looking for on www.georgiadogs.com and for even more statistical insights you can follow me on twitter @dave_mc_stats.
And now for the extra stuff...
Once again the Georgia Bulldogs scored over 50 points. It is the 2nd time the Dawgs have done that this year. Georgia has never had three of those games in a season. Here are the seasons where the Dawgs have had two 50+ point games in a season.
Georgia is going to need to do some scoring because their next opponent South Carolina has a pretty good defense. Also throughout the seasons, the Georgia vs South Carolina game has always been close. Here are Georgia's SEC Opponents under Mark Richt and how many times that matchup has been decided by 8 points or less (I chose 8 because that's a touchdown and a two-point conversion (Georgia has the only two 2-point conversions made in the SEC so far this season)). Remember this is just under Mark Richt.
Generally the Bulldogs have played the Gamecocks in the beginning of the season. It has been the first conference game almost every season since South Carolina joined the SEC. All through the history of this rivalry the two have met early on the schedule with a few exceptions. Here are the exceptions.
1939 - 8th game of the season
(Georgia won each of the top 4 games with the last one to be determined.)
One of the keys for the Bulldogs will be their game on the ground. Georgia currently leads the conference in rushing (11th in FBS). The Dawgs are averaging 248.8 rush yards per game. The last time Georgia led the SEC in rushing was in 1992. Here are all the seasons on which the Bulldogs finished the season leading the conference in rush yards per game (since 1948).
To be successful they also have to be good through the air. Aaron Murray had some nail-biting moments against the Vols, but at the end he put on some pretty impressive numbers. Murray finished the day with two more touchdown passes and now has 71 in his career. He is one shy of the Georgia career record held by former Dawg David Greene. Who has been the receiver for most of those scoring strikes? Here are the top-10 players according to TD passes thrown by Murray.
Speaking of Murray here is his breakdown in touchdowns and interceptions thrown through the first five games of the season.
In terms of passing yards, he is racking up numbers at a huge pace. He already owns two of the top six spots in terms of season passing yards, but look at this stat. Here is a list of total games per season and how many times Murray has thrown for at least 250 yards.
"Gurshall" struck again against Tennessee in reaching the end zone. Todd Gurley scoring three rushing touchdowns and fellow frosh Keith Marshall added two. Under the Mark Richt era it is pretty rare that two different Bulldogs scored multiple rushing touchdowns in the same game. In fact it has only has happened twice. Strange enough those two times are in the last two games, vs Vanderbilt and Tennessee and to no surprise it was "Gurshall" that accomplished the feat both times.
All in all, Georgia rushed for a great deal of yards. The total of 274 net yards (Gurley and Marshall actually ran for 294 themselves) was the 4th most rushing amount for a Mark Richt team in a SEC game. Here is the top-5.
The season is not even half way over and the Bulldogs already have the 6th most rushing touchdowns in a season under Mark Richt and with four more (it will be tough) they will have the 2nd most with a lot of ball to be played. Last season was the fewest amount of rushing touchdowns under the present coach with 15. Here are the most rushing touchdowns in a season by a Georgia team under Mark Richt.
On defense Sanders Commings came up big at the end of the game picking off two passes on Tennessee's final three possessions. Under Mark Richt a player has intercepted two or more passes in a game 10 times (only Sean Jones did it twice). Here are those instances where this has happened.
Wednesday night the Georgia Volleyball team did something they haven't since 1997. They defeated LSU in Baton Rouge. The Bulldogs came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Bayou Bengals 3-2 in five sets. With the win the Bulldogs now have 20 victories all-time against LSU. It becomes the 10th different school that Georgia has at least that many against.
The Georgia Soccer team is about to hit the road again for matchups against Ole Miss and South Carolina. In their last game, the Bulldogs managed a tie vs LSU. It was the 2nd tie this season by Steve Holeman's girls. The most amount of ties that Georgia has had in one season was 5 back in 2004. There are four teams that Georgia has 3 ties in the series and one of them is a team they play this weekend. Those four teams are Arkansas, Kentucky, Wake Forest and South Carolina. The Gamecocks have 4 ties of their own this season, so anything can happen... but I think the Dawgs rather win.
Bulldogs on the Web.com tour ---
While former Bulldog Bubba Watson was playing for the United States during the last week's Ryder Cup another former Bulldog Russell Henley won his 2nd professional tournament, the Chiquita Classic in Weddington, North Carolina. (Last season he won the Stadion Classic in Athens as an amateur). The win moved Henley on the web.com season earning standings from 35th to 12th place. He is one of eight former Bulldogs to win at least two Web.com tournaments in their career. Here are those eight golfers.
Bulldogs in the NFL ---
Once again A.J. Green looked sharp again catching 6 passes for 117 yards and a score. It was the 2nd straight game that he climbed over the century mark. It was the 6th time in just over a season that he reached 100 yards. This season he is averaging 107 receiving yards a game which would destroy the amount for the most receiving yards per game by a Georgia Bulldog in the NFL. Here are those top-5 former Bulldogs.
Former Bulldogs are once again attacking the quarterbacks at an explosive rate. Charles Johnson came back to the state of Georgia with a bang last Sunday. Johnson tortured the Falcons by notching 3 ½ sacks which was not only the most by him, but the most ever by a Carolina Panther.
Another Bulldog Geno Atkins continues his terror. Last Sunday he had two sacks which brought him to five on the season. His 5 is tied for 3rd on the season in the NFL with another Bulldog Chris Clemons and a player which Georgia Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham coached with the Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware. Since joining the NFL last season, Atkins leads all defensive tackles with 12 ½ sacks in that time period.
Bulldogs in the Major Leagues ---
The regular season ended on Wednesday and some of the Bulldogs ended up with some pretty impressive numbers. Here are a few examples.
Gordon Beckham finished the season with a career-high 16 home runs playing for the Chicago White Sox. It was the 3rd time a former Bulldog has reached double-digits in home runs in the majors. Here are the other former Dawgs to accomplish this.
Glenn Davis - 8 seasons (8 straight from 1985 to 1992)
One player off that list was Jeff Keppinger. This season he hit a career-high 9 home runs playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. Although he did not hit for a lot of power, he did hit for a great average. In fact he hit for the 2nd highest average by a former Bulldog in the majors with players getting at least 200 at-bats in a season. As you look at the top-5 averages, the only player higher was himself.
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